Today I’m starting a series of posts celebrating film photography in some of my favorite locations around the globe, and where better to start than the stunning Palais Royale in my favorite city- Paris.
The Palais Royale is located just a block from the Louvre. While it was originally built in 1639 for Cardinal Richelieu, little of the original structure remains today. Rather, the Palais Royale houses the Ministry of Culture and the Constitutional Council for France as well as the extensive and beloved public gardens.
The Palais Royale has everything beautiful about Paris. Sweeping arches and detailed masonry line the exterior of the garden. Meanwhile, the Palais Royale’s lush garden space brims with abundant white roses and colorful blooms. Iconic green Senat chairs dot the garden’s white gravel pathways. Add in a mix of modern and traditional sculpture and it truly epitomizes Parisian beauty.
Parisians and tourists alike fill the garden particularly from afternoon to early evening. It’s the perfect place to sit with a coffee reading and relaxing for hours on end. Amid the bustle of the city, it’s truly a peaceful oasis. And if you forget a snack, there’s an adorable gelato cart to cool you on warm summer days.
I photographed all the images in this Paris on Film series on the Contax 645 system with Kodak Portra 400 film in July 2022. July is a beautiful time of year in Paris. Although it can get hot, the city is positively bursting with flowers and lush green trees.
Thank you for exploring this afternoon in the Palais Royale with me! If you are celebrating a wedding or engagement I would be thrilled to talk more about how we can beautifully capture your love story. Please click here or use the link below to inquire so we can start planning together. Katie Trauffer Photography is based in Maryland and happily serves beautiful destinations world wide